I have been taking Chyawanprash for a month now, should I be taking other supplements? I want to be vibrant and healthy for the next 40 years...Great to hear you have been taking it for a month now. How are you now feeling? This is an important point and something that often comes up with people I’m working with. I am pleased to have a chance to elaborate upon it here. Often when I start working with new patients they tell me of the smorgasbord of supplements they take on the daily in their fight to be well. Ayurveda is not a battle, but a lifestyle. It is about being in flow with yourself, raising your consciousness and awareness, so that you can have the confidence (on a cellular level - prana! (more of that later)) to know what your body needs. And the truth is, your body and being is keen for things to be kept as simple as possible. As the age we live in is anything but simple, we need to work within this context. So my process is to start from where we are, before stripping it all back, and then working on replenishing and rejuvenating in order to get the person back in vibrant balance.
Where should we get our nourishment from?Ideally, we would get all our nutrition: minerals, vitamins, and nourishment from our food. But we do not all have access to highly fresh vegetables and herbs. I have a friend whose father is a biodynamic farmer, he would test the mineral and vitality levels of the food he grew and then compare them to those of Wholefoods. The comparative levels were jaw-dropping, in that the supermarket’s food was veritably void of freshness, even though it was labelled as organic. Now this is not always the case in such a place, but it is something to be aware of. So with this in mind, there is a checklist of things I think of when considering supplementation:
- Are the channels clear?
- Does the body have the capacity to absorb what I am giving it?
- How strong is the agni & body, and where is it in need of extra support?
- Where is the person’s lifestyle and routine at?
- What time of day should they be taking the prescribed herbs and supportive medicines?
- How long should they take these medicines for?